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Health and Social Care: BTEC

Qualification: Level 3 Extended Certificate

Exam Board: Pearson

Entry Requirements: Grade 4 or above in GCSE English. If you have studied BTEC Health and Social Care at Level 2 a pass or above would be accepted.

Learn about the health and social care sector

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care aims to provide an introduction to the sector. It is for students who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced study programme. It is equivalent in size to one A-level.


The course

The mandatory content of the qualification incorporates topics relevant across the health and social care sector:

  • Human lifespan development: students cover physical, intellectual, emotional and social development across the human lifespan, and the factors affecting development and the effects of ageing.
  • Working in health and social care: students explore what it is like to work in the health and social care sector, including the roles and responsibilities of workers and organisations.
  • Meeting individual care and support needs: students focus on the principles and practicalities that underpin meeting individuals’ care and support needs, which are the foundation of all the care disciplines.

Students can select one optional unit that covers:

  • Sociological perspectives: students study the application of sociological approaches to health and social care, and explore social inequalities, demographic change, and patterns and trends in social groups.
  • Psychological perspectives: students explore key theoretical perspectives that have been put forward on psychological and physical development and how they are applied in different health and social care settings.
  • Supporting individuals with additional needs: students explore the role of health and social care services in providing care and support to individuals with additional needs.
  • Physiological disorders and their care: students explore types of physiological disorders, the procedures for diagnosis, and the development of a treatment plan and provision of support for service users.


Beyond the classroom

Our friendly, supportive staff frequently run support sessions for students outside of class.



The qualification supports access to a range of higher education courses possibly, but not exclusively, in health and social care, if taken alongside further Level 3 qualifications. This will enable students to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector.

The qualification is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses.

It can be taken alongside, for example:

  • A-levels in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Nursing.
  • A-levels in English and History, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education.
  • A BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport, which could lead to a Foundation Degree in Sports Studies and Development.